Soludo declared winner of Anambra Governorship poll

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Prof Chukwuma Soludo as the winner of the Anambra Governorship Election.

INEC Returning Officer for the Anambra Governorship Election, Prof Florence Obi, announced the result on Wednesday morning at the INEC office in Awka, Anambra State.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar said “That Charles Chukwuma Soludo of APGA, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.”

Soludo polled 112,229 votes to defeat Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, who had 53,807 votes. Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress got 43,285 votes, while Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party polled 21,261 votes to come fourth.

Soludo, 61, was declared winner after the November 6 election was declared inconclusive by INEC and after a supplementary election was held in the Ihiala Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday. He won 19 of the 21 local governments areas including Ihiala LGA.

Recall that in April 2021 during the build-up to the election, Soludo narrowly escaped death when gunmen unleashed terror on him and his security aides during a town hall meeting in his hometown in Isuofia in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra.

Three of his police orderlies were killed during the attack which he described as “senseless”. Soludo dedicated his victory to the three policemen in his acceptance speech on Wednesday.

Soludo, who was the apex bank governor between 2004 and 2009 is expected to be sworn into office next March after the expiration of the two-term tenure of the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano.


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